Updates to Government Covid Initiatives: June 2021

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A roundup of recent startup and small business updates from GOV.UK

The government has reiterated that 19 July remains its target date for ending restrictions. It has also updated its guidance to reflect changes to the furlough scheme, commercial property eviction, the Additional Restrictions Grant, the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and more. 

First, a reminder that, from 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2187.50 for the hours an employee is on furlough. Claims for furlough days in June 2021 must be made by 14 July 2021. Click the links to find out how the scheme is changing and to find out what to do if you’ve missed the claim

The government also announced that businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction. New guidance will be announced shortly to help tenants and landlords agree on repayment plans. 

Government guidance has also been updated to clarify the sectors that are eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant, which supports businesses not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed. 

Finally, claims for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant have now closed. The online claims service for the fifth grant will be available from late 2021. Click here to find out if you’re eligible for the fifth grant, which will cover the period May 2021 to September 2021.

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